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06 February 2019

Big Pitch Semi-Finalists make the cut!

After months of developing, marketing and selling their product, it was crunch time at The Kings of Wessex Academy for the 2019 Year 9 Big Pitch semi-finals. 16 teams launched their business ventures last October, which were now whittled down to eight teams for the penultimate stage of the popular competition. The excited eight presented to the judges who were faced with the tricky decision of who would make the cut for the finals to be held at The Strawberry Special in Draycott later this week. Big Pitch is an established entrepreneurial contest for students interested in running their own business. Mentored by the Business Studies Team, former winner and now Year 12 student Aiden Malik and business aficionados from the Rotary Club of Mendip, the students create their own idea for a product, which they then oversee from start to finish, including making the product, marketing and selling it. They had an enlivening sellers’ experience at last year’s Cheddar Festive Night on a wild and wintry night in December; but spirits were intact, and they enjoyed good sales. Keen to capture the Christmas shopping window, Happy Chappy (Ellen Campbell and Lauren...... more

05 February 2019

Singer songwriter Drew "drops" her latest star single

Talented Year 10 student Drew Kehoe at The Kings of Wessex Academy has been showing her love of music by putting her heartfelt words into songs and is showing herself to be a rising star. Drew attends a Saturday music school where she has developed her musicianship skills and confidence for her song-writing and the art of creating the tune to suit the song words. Every year, local recording studio Actiontrack creates an album on a theme and Drew and her fellow songwriters write the songs that Actiontrack then helps them to produce and release with them fully involved in the fun recording process. The songs can be entirely of the young musicians’ creation and interpretation - be it, storytelling, personal reflection, social commentary or another element and are available to download and buy on the internet. The first song Drew wrote for an Actiontrack album ('Shelter') was selected as the best track, taking the number one spot on the CD. Drew's song on the latest Actiontrack "Movement" album is entitled "New Beginnings" - it's about her move to Kings and in the song, she reflects on what it can be like to move schools: "I’m starting on my journey and my...... more

30 January 2019

Anna and Alex off to the Tower for special award!

Year 10 students Alex Cramp and Anna Littlewood-Hillsdon at The Kings of Wessex Academy have an extra special memory of the centenary of the end of the First World War. Anna and Alex were invited to the Tower of London in November to receive an award from UCL in recognition of their work on their World War One Centenary Battlefields Tour Legacy Project. The dynamic duo were chosen to represent Hugh Sexey Middle School following their trip to Belgium - way back in 2016 - in which they visited many sites where they learned mostly about the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Ypres where former pupils of Hugh Sexey lost their lives. Anna and Alex collaborated on the project with Head of Humanities at Hugh Sexey, Mrs Roberta Adair, who accompanied the group on the trip to Belgium, and also former teacher at HSMS Mr Adam Broad. As one of only five projects from across the UK to win the National Award, Anna and Alex were proud to present their work in front of dignitaries in The Banqueting Suite at the Tower and worked hard in their own time to complete the project. They also represented Hugh Sexey to a high standard during the trip to Belgium and were even invited to...... more

28 January 2019

"It's not how good you are, but how good you want to be"

It might be over half the year to go before the GCSE results day on 22 August 2019 (never mind, before the exam season starts in May/June); but Year 11 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy are definitely in the exam zone. This week they received their Pre-Public Exams (PPEs) results sat at the end of last term in a motivating assembly led by Deputy Headteacher Mr Edwards who recognised the culmination of the students’ hard work and revision at this important juncture in their education. He also acknowledged the valuable exam experience of sitting their exams in a formal venue, the intensity of sitting several different exams in one day, of course, under exam conditions; all of which the students have taken in their stride. As students sat pondering their results, Mr Edwards discussed the range of emotions they might be feeling when they opened their individual envelope - from delight to disappointment. But above all, Mr Edwards encouraged them to have the right attitude about the PPE’s and to reflect and learn from their results and to benefit from their teachers’ feedback so that they can fulfil their true potential. Mr Edwards showed the image of a...... more

16 January 2019

Senior Student Team present Cheques to Charities

The Senior Student Team at The Kings of Wessex Academy were proud to present the cheques to representatives of two of their named charities this week from this year’s Charities Week. The three charities receive a third each of the grand total raised of £5,824.26; which is not bad for a week’s fundraising events held in school at break and lunchtimes and the students enjoyed re-living some of the fun moments in the photos on the presentation. Former Kings’ student Emma Hanlon from Avalon Camps told the Sixth Form assembly how the money will benefit disadvantaged children from Bristol who are recommended by their teachers and welfare workers to go on holiday in the local countryside (here!). Their allocation of the fundraising will go towards paying for a trip to Wookey Hole and the coach travel; bringing joy to the children who would not normally go on holiday or who have difficult home backgrounds. The next charity to benefit from the fundraising was SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) which remains close to the hearts of Kings’ students after former student Johdi Russell tragically died from an epileptic fit in October 2017. The work of...... more